Jerry Jones: Anthem controversy “really disappointing”

AP

The league office and the various NFL owners wisely have said or done nothing to suggest that standing for the national anthem is mandatory, given the absence of any rule requiring players to stand. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones ventured toward a potential minefield on Tuesday, during one of his regular appearances on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.

“I got to give a big pat on the back to our entire team, our coaching staff, our entire organization,” Jones said, via Todd Archer of ESPN.com. “We strongly, strongly support the flag in every way we support — and it’s almost ridiculous to be saying it — the people who for generations and generations have given it all up so that we can get out here and show off in front of millions of people on television.

“We respect that so much. That’s the real business. The forum of the NFL and the forum on television is a very significant thing. I’m for it being used in every way we can to support the great, great contributors in our society, and that’s people that have supported America, the flag, and there’s no reason not to go all out right there. And for anybody to use parts of that visibility to do otherwise is really disappointing.”

With no Cowboys players choosing not to stand for the anthem, the comments from the guy who signs the checks (and who serves as the General Manager) will have no relevance to any of the decisions made by the team. If/when a Cowboys player decides to sit or kneel, things could get very interesting.

It also could get interesting if players from other teams (or from the Cowboys) react to the comments from Jones by strengthening their resolve and/or expanding their protest.

And if Jones and his partners feel sufficiently strongly about the issue, they can ask the NFL Players Association for a term in the next labor deal that makes standing for the anthem mandatory. Isn’t that what the league and some in the media say whenever the owners exercise a right that the players don’t like?

75 responses to “Jerry Jones: Anthem controversy “really disappointing”

  1. “Owners have wisely said or done nothing” I’m not a fan of the Cowboys but it’s simply not possible to not feel a lot of sympathy for cowboy fans

  2. What’s “really disappointing” is your team Jerry. Although you would never know it by all the hype we have to here about the Cowboys every year. BSPN, nfl network and national games. Every time a cowboys game is on I know I’m gonna see terrible football and I’m so sick of it. Perennial pretenders.

  3. Jerry Jones spoke in support of the flag and our country, which is great. The overall theme of the article suggests this is a problem. That’s the problem.
    Why and how did we get to a point in this country where bashing our own flag and country is so acceptable ?

    JJ is right. It’s SAD !

  4. Damn it Jonesy I had a real good snarky remark all ready to go for you, but you & your overly stretched face actually said something I agree with…. Please never do that again, I really like making fun of you.

  5. Players like Kapaernick is only doing this for attention. The liberal press is now giving this story legs and pushing their agenda because by and large people tuning in to the NFL are there for teh games and not the ridiculous 5 minutes of coverage ESPN gave a backup QB during and after the National Anthem on monday night. Move on man…

  6. My grandfather fought in WWI, both my parents were in WWII and I got to go to Vietnam so I will make my own statement to the players: I won’t renew my 8 season tickets after 14 years. Let them find another sucker.

    The flag is sacred.

  7. How does someone so badly, miserably interpret the ideals represented by the flag? How does one acquire such an erroneous, surface-deep understanding of their own freedoms?

    Oh, I remembered! He’s an extremely wealthy man who has been completely insulated from any trace of hardship or injustice for his entire life.

    Filling his pockets is the only ideal Jerry understands, and the only cause he truly empathizes with.

  8. Not a big JJ fan, but love what he has to say on this subject.
    As a long time NFL fan, and coming from a military family, I find myself for the first time losing interest in it, primarily due to the pre-game stance being taken by some players.
    Much more of this, and I am done…and something tells me I am not alone.

  9. JJ’s views on the subject and his right of expression to honor the flag (which I support and mimic) doesn’t erase Kaep and others’ rights to speak and express themselves on the anthem how they see fit.

    Can’t erase the fact that Jerruh knows America and sees America and has been treated by American institutions (banks, politicians, police officers) through the eyes and with the comforts of white, male privilege. He’s not a teenage black male. Never’s walked a day…

    It’s not about the money players make or their freedom to play football. Off-topic. It’s about the serious issue of racial disparity and injustice with the behavior of some in law enforcement. Kaep and others have forced this discussion by using a lightning rod ceremony, the singing of the national anthem, but it doesn’t change the conversation or their beefs with this growing pattern of brutality.

    Just as people have the right to wrap themselves in the flag (like almost everyone does) it doesn’t diminish someone’s right to do the opposite. Tyranny of the majority is what this country is NOT about. It’s about protecting dissenting views and expressions–and that includes protesting (silently, I might ad) the singing of anthem.

    Everyone who criticizes Kaep for his actions is usually changing the subject. A conversation in race is what they don’t want to have. And their usually white.

  10. I would have no problems cutting a player (my employee) for conduct on game day when they are on television with every other employee wearing an employee uniform. Free speech is the right of every American citizen, but that free speech is curtailed when you are at work in an official capacity.

    That said, the players who are protesting injustice in this country are not wrong. There is injustice. I imagine there are more effective ways of getting their message across that things must change, but they have been effective in getting the media to re-focus on the epidemic of police abuses.

  11. The idea of the players and owners being corporate robots is wrong too. Stop worrying about the fact the players are kneeling and start worrying about why they are kneeling. Acknowledge there is a problem in America and use your corporate power to help fix it.

  12. I mexican and If African Americans use the race card it’s ok, white folks do that and their raciest. you can’t compromise with ignorance period. respect the flag, respect the law enforcement period. these poor cops are scared to do there jobs because these monsters are trying to destroying everything/one in the path there bs political socail injustice views. when they sing stand and respect the flag, get a job, quit killing each other. stop pointing the fingers at how you are treated and expect ant race to listen to it. we all have opportunities to better ourself and lives, African Americans sit there and complain while every race passes you by.

  13. Enough already! Can we talk about WHY the protest is taking place. Let’s not cloud the issue by not addressing the REAL problem that WE all are faced with! If you don’t see that WE have a problem, then YOU are part of the problem. Time to COME TOGETHER!

  14. Jerry Jones is out of touch with reality. The protest IS NOT against the flag. It’s whatmit stands for. The greatest nation in the world, yet this nation was built on disparity of treatment of those whos freedom of speech is oppressed, when protesting. No equality for human rights. The neglect of our Veterans, when they return from war, homelessness, neglect of care and compensation. Once again Jerry Jones is living in a time warp, that doesn’t exist anymore. It’s the 21st Century, NOT the 17th Century. Protest is supposed to be uncomfortable Jerry, wake up and smell the flowers. The NFL Owners are the example of getting rich off of the African American community. 80% of the football players in the NFL are African American.

  15. The ratings are down because the majority of Americans do not support disrespecting the flag. Regardless of a players freedom to do so. The number of viewers are dropping each week this drama persists.

  16. When was the last time Jerry had guns pulled on him and his face pressed into the gravel because he changed lanes without signalling?

    Just because Jerry is a white billionaire in Texas doesn’t mean all his fellow citizens enjoy the same protections his complexion and connections afford him.

    That he fails to comprehend this, nor empathize with less fortunate Americans, shows yet again what a small man he really is, in spite of his wealth.

  17. Jones is just expressing his opinion, which just like the protest is his right to free speech. Why do people feel its ok for the players to do a protest, but others can’t express their opinions ? Last time I checked, free speech is for everyone and just not football players. If people don’t want more controversy, then the media needs to stop “glorifying ” these players as if their doing something noble. Now, if a Cowboy player didnt stand for the anthem that wouldn’t go over well considering that Dallas had 5 cops killed during an ambush.

  18. He doesn’t need the NFL PA to add anything to the CBA to exercise his right as the owner of the team to ensure his employees represent his company as he sees fit. His team, his stadium, his venue, his company.
    Players, fans and sponsors can react similarly either pro or con his stance. Perfect example is North Carolina bathroom law. Regardless of what Jerry Richardson’s actions are regarding that law, there are some fans who are withholding support to penalize North Carolina.
    Now Jerry Jones would have a hard time selling any type of moral highroad but that has never stopped him from trying before. He is probably not the right NFL spokesman on this issue.

  19. many things in our past circle back to the present and future. Unfoutantly segeragation may be one of them they way these monsters are acting,reacting,living their lives. you need to help yourself and realize we never move forward if that’s all that we talk about is what society has done in the past and what can they do for African American race. Do something yourself to better your own lives. stop waiting!!! the statistics don’t lie folks

  20. he and the other nfl owners are so down with america they allowed the government to pay them millions of dollars to display their patriotism over the past several years. and only stopped when the public outrage ensued. and never gave any back, i might add….

    hypocrites.

  21. Maybe Jerry went down to the locker room and said anybody thinking about not standing on 9/11 or any other game will not be on this team. Period

    More owners and Gm’s should say the same thing

  22. 1. Jerry never met a mic he didnt like.
    2. He was merely expressing his opinion, a sincere one, not posturing for political gain or points with some faction of our society.
    3. He has every right to do so, just as Kapernick and others do.
    4. The last paragraph of this article illustrates perfectly this “us against them” stance. David vs. Goliath, and self victimization one side or the other races to on seemingly every subject. How about this? You like vanilla, I like chocolate and everyone else could give a s**t what either of us think? We have lost that, as well as the ability to think for ourselves. People parrot sound bites of whatever side of the fence their own and the really smart stay out of arguing with morons on the internet–but the media (who make money from your arguing with morons) make it seem like your unplugged if disengaged. No wonder we are so mixed up and divided. People, it does not matter, pay attention, turn off your nightly news, think for yourselves.

  23. The part about the protest that dissapoints me is that very few non football fans piping in their thougths realize Kaepernick was days before getting cut from his $11 million annual salary before he decided to be an activist. There’s no way his timing was coincidental.

  24. Jerry Jones is right, stand up and shut up all of your loosers.
    Just play the game you are paid fortunes to play, and respect this country, the flag, and all who work hard to protect you. Just wish one of you might need help from the police. and they don’t give it to you. See how you like it then. By the way when you are more than a Back Up QB, then speak, until then “shut up”.

  25. Jerry better respect the military. After all, he made his money in the oil industry. Without the oil industry, we sure as hell wouldn’t be fighting two wars in the middle of an empty desert.

  26. This isn’t gonna end well, sooner or later some drunk fans in some stadium are going to do some protesting of their own.

  27. Want to sit? Sit. On your couch. After leaving your team, your paycheck and the pampered life you were living. It’s your right. Make the most of it.

  28. Strengthening their resolve ? For what. Nothing is going to come from them kneeling or sitting. I personally view the entire thing like a side show. They are not going to change anything. Nada

  29. richardparker123 says:
    …..

    Everyone who criticizes Kaep for his actions is usually changing the subject. A conversation in race is what they don’t want to have. And their usually white.

    ————————–

    Actually the reason most white people don’t like to have public discussion about race is they are afraid of getting a scarlet letter and being branded a racist and having it affect their personal and professional lives and relationships if they say something that someone finds offensive.

    Are race issues a difficult conversation to discuss? They sure are, it forces us to be critical of our own people, but form my experience African Americans are the group with the biggest issue discussing race objectively.

    I am more than willing to do so, most others are not.

  30. youradarnfoo says:
    Sep 14, 2016 8:23 AM
    I mexican and If African Americans use the race card it’s ok, white folks do that and their raciest. you can’t compromise with ignorance period. respect the flag, respect the law enforcement period. these poor cops are scared to do there jobs because these monsters are trying to destroying everything/one in the path there bs political socail injustice views. when they sing stand and respect the flag, get a job, quit killing each other. stop pointing the fingers at how you are treated and expect ant race to listen to it. we all have opportunities to better ourself and lives, African Americans sit there and complain while every race passes you by.

    —————–

    Get a job and quit killing eachother? really? Not sure you understand what racism is.

  31. annes22 says:
    Sep 14, 2016 9:33 AM
    Jerry Jones is right, stand up and shut up all of your loosers.
    Just play the game you are paid fortunes to play, and respect this country, the flag, and all who work hard to protect you. Just wish one of you might need help from the police. and they don’t give it to you. See how you like it then. By the way when you are more than a Back Up QB, then speak, until then “shut up”.

    —————-

    Unless they something you like right? Then they should go ahead?

    The nearly unanimously agreed greatest athlete of all time was Mohammed Ali. He was widely respected in America. He converted to Islam and openly defied the USA. With hindsight most agree he did the right thing.

    I think people need to stand up for what they believe in.

  32. The NFL TV contract upcoming will not be as rich as the one currently signed unless this league gets a hold of itself.

    TV rating swill continue to slide. I see potential for this year to be my last year of watching NFL.

  33. kemp13 says:
    Sep 14, 2016 8:59 AM
    This is getting ridiculous. Heaven forbid professional athletes would have the audacity to have an opinion that differs from management.

    ———–

    They are entitled to any opinion they want…..ON THEIR OWN TIME. When they are working then they need to support the team’s/management’s goals.

  34. The problem is not the standing or kneeling, it’s the lies and the rhetoric, like “Hands up, don’t shoot” that have been proven false, yet guys like Kaep make their claims of oppression and whether intentional or not, incite people like the Dallas shooter and the guy who tried to run down cops in Arizona.

  35. Please, please stop referring to the flag and anthem as “sacred”. Religious items are sacred. The flag and anthem represent an area of land, nothing more.

    Celebrate the ideals that the country should stand for, not the idolic symbols people are indoctrinated into from birth. The people pumping the anthem and flag are the same people threatening to leave the country if this or that candidate is elected.

  36. Players strengthing there resolve for what? Most players aren’t role models, they are ignorant in many cases self absorbed figures who play a game that I like to watch for 3 hours on sundays in the fall. other than that I don’t care if they sit for anthem, beat their wife/girlfriend, smoke/drink do whatever they have no bearing to me.

    However I do appreciate the athletes like a steve smith who gets very involved in their communities but yet I don’t see many articles on him and all the good work he does on PFT and other sites. I only see more trash and lies about how terrible our country is.

  37. What is ad Jerry is that were talking about a piece of cloth.Which is what everyone seems to be comfortable discussing.
    And NOT the issue Kap wants to discuss. Which are the injustices of a theorized just society.

  38. I just don’t understand why people can hate the country so much but stay in it. This is not a prison, thousands of cars, planes, trains, and ships leave here every day. Many are headed to places that have the cultures you claim you want. Honestly why stay if nothing meets your approval?

  39. “people who for generations and generations have given it all up so that we can get out here and show off in front of millions of people on television”

    In my opinion, the best thing Jones has ever said.

  40. The players can run their mouth all they want. I’ve already sent Under Armor and email and strongly encouraged them to end their relationships with players who disrespect the flag and all it stands for. I’ll do the same with other sponsors. That’s my constitutional right.

  41. I dumped my Sunday NFL programming because the Cowboys were not permitted to use decals on their helmets to honor police officers shot in cold blood. I’m an Eagles fan but I support JJ.

  42. Mohammed Ali.
    Without a doubt thew GREATEST boxer of all times. He stood for what he believed. HE DID NOT DISRESPECT HIS COUNTRRY OR ITS FLA. Colen should not even be mentioned in the same sentance with Ali. He wouldny make a pimple on ALIE’S ASS.

  43. richardparker123 says:
    Sep 14, 2016 7:56 AM

    JJ’s views on the subject and his right of expression to honor the flag (which I support and mimic) doesn’t erase Kaep and others’ rights to speak and express themselves on the anthem how they see fit.

    Can’t erase the fact that Jerruh knows America and sees America and has been treated by American institutions (banks, politicians, police officers) through the eyes and with the comforts of white, male privilege. He’s not a teenage black male. Never’s walked a day…

    It’s not about the money players make or their freedom to play football. Off-topic. It’s about the serious issue of racial disparity and injustice with the behavior of some in law enforcement. Kaep and others have forced this discussion by using a lightning rod ceremony, the singing of the national anthem, but it doesn’t change the conversation or their beefs with this growing pattern of brutality.

    Just as people have the right to wrap themselves in the flag (like almost everyone does) it doesn’t diminish someone’s right to do the opposite. Tyranny of the majority is what this country is NOT about. It’s about protecting dissenting views and expressions–and that includes protesting (silently, I might ad) the singing of anthem.

    Everyone who criticizes Kaep for his actions is usually changing the subject. A conversation in race is what they don’t want to have. And their usually white.

    Way to play the race card. Typical. Let’s face it, if a person of color kills a law enforcement officer, it’s no big deal. It happened again just the other day in North Carolina but where’s the uproar in that? Where’s the outrage? There’s only outrage if a white devil does something bad to a person of color. Never mind all the person of color on person of color crime that occurs every day. There are probably over 100 such incidents every day that doesn’t get any news coverage our outrage? Why aren’t you outraged about that or are you only outraged when a white devil is involved?

  44. Jerry Jones spoke in support of the flag and our country, which is great. The overall theme of the article suggests this is a problem. That’s the problem.
    Why and how did we get to a point in this country where bashing our own flag and country is so acceptable ?

    JJ is right. It’s SAD !

    —————–

    Just to play the part of gadfly, why do we insist on trotting out the flag for reverence before each contest of ‘roided up dudes pushing an inflated ball up and down the lawn? Don’t do that, and there’s no reactionaries to disturb you.

    Of course, I’d simply recommend that one use that time to reflect on what they want the flag to be, not stew in what seems deficient. I don’t completely disagree with the likes of CK, but any outward common ground probably comes from different sources – mine from Locke or Smith, his from Che or Castro.

    So, I have a deep disgust for the corrosive socialism (left AND right) that is destroying our country, and the flag seems to be the emblem of this insanity. The one hundred year insanity of Welfare begetting Warfare begetting Welfare begetting Warfare, and the insurmountable debt spun from it. But I still get up for the Anthem and ponder what it will take to get people to understand the economic shambles we’re in, and how to get them to be properly interested/disinterested, before it’s too late. And sitting on my butt won’t change anything much.

    Of course, if interests/disinterests were properly actuated, we wouldn’t have these massively subsidized sporting events with millionaire “dudes” in the first place. I wonder if CK ponders the effects of hundreds of millions of dollars being sucked out the masses to subsidize billionaire owners and millionaire players MIGHT have on the wholesomeness of the culture. How many Enforcers are needed against the common man to maintain this UPWARD welfare. I doubt it’s ever crossed his mind.

  45. You are such a hypocrite Jerrah. George W Bush in house honoring 9/11? That’s the biggest joke in history since everyone knows 9/11 was an inside job. It’s disgusting to have W around at all and the only good that came from it is at least you lost the game.

  46. Ali was despised by a large majority of the country when he took his stand to not obey the US selective service and be drafted. He lost big, as he was stripped of his title and lost his license to fight.
    It took a USSC decision to overturn his conviction and give him the right to box again.

    His actions over many years later endeared him to a large portion of the population as he aged.

    But to not think that he was vilified for taking his stance is ludicrous.

    If these players want to show they want to point out that they believe thee needs to be change in society let them, but i would hope taking a knee is not their only action. They need to do more to effect the change they believe is needed.

    We have come a long way since the riots of 1968, but that does not mean that everything is perfect, and why shouldn’t we aim for perfection?

    stop dividing us, we can be the greatest nation of all time.

  47. @whenwiilliteverend – Please enlighten us as to one, just one, cop that was forced to take that job.

    People say those who won’t stand for anthem/flag are free to leave the country. Well, those who are cops are free to find another job, if being a cop is so terrible.

  48. whenwilliteverend says:

    Never mind all the person of color on person of color crime that occurs every day. There are probably over 100 such incidents every day that doesn’t get any news coverage our outrage?
    ————————————

    What about white on white crime? Oh yea in your world white people don’t commit crime.
    Just bypass the whole heroin epidemic that’s going on and who it’s affecting most.

  49. I would like to hear from all those that have left comments in support of Jerry Jones and his support of the military with regard to the fact that he and the billionaires’ club that are the NFL owners profited from “honoring” the military at each of their games. It was not until the fact that they were charging the military became public did they decide that it might not be consistent with the message.

    I am sure that Mr. Jones regards himself and his organization as patriotic but the years of feeding at the trough of military spending in the guise of honoring the troops belie the extent of the patriotism.

    And I do not buy for a moment an argument that says they were simply charging for what was the cost of business. If that were the case then why revise the policies when it became public?

    Lastly, I will support the right of even those who hate me to voice their opinion or protest my very existence. It is when their expression, protest or actions actually abridge my rights or the rights of others that I say not here, never again, not ever.

    I am the son of a WWII veteran who served in North Africa, the father of a son who served in the Middle East during Gulf War II and an active supporter of the military on a daily basis.

  50. Except I am black man whose great uncle went to jail (and was pardoned by President Harding) for unionizing the railroad porters of Philadelphia.

    Whose father was part of the segregated Army and was almost arrested in Savannah Georgia for merely walking on the sidewalk to gun side of the local police.

    Whose aunt was the communications director for the National Urban League, a couple of rungs below Vernon Jordan.

    Who grew up in Bed-Stuy from birth to 13 years old. Who witnessed the school riots in Brownsville and the race riots in Canarsie. And who strives to counsel my kids to achieve all that they can while respecting the rights and valuing the contributions of all regardless of race, sex, preference, faith or any of the characteristics that people use to categorize and divide rather than promote the humanity of all.

    So How Ya Like Me Now?

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